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Soapboxes ready to roll

Competition looks set to be fierce for the inaugural Super Soapbox Challenge to be held in Barrow this Saturday.

Teams from across Furness and further afield have had their vehicles checked ahead of the event organised by Barrow’s BID and supported by BAE Systems.

The soapbox carts were scrutinized by the Super Soapbox Challenge team and soapbox gravity racing legend Andy Ash to ensure that they meet the strict criteria for racing down Barrow’s town centre course.

Andy Ash, chief scrutineer said: “You can tell Barrow is an engineering town by the quality of the soapbox carts on show. I am extremely impressed with the overall standard and some of the design features are excellent.”

Neil Doherty, BAE System’s corporate social responsibility manager, said: “The weather forecast is ideal for the event and we’re looking forward to seeing a high level of competition. With a variety of designs taking part it will be good to see who triumphs!”

Soapbox carts produced by BAE Systems, Barrow BID/Furness College and Orsted will be available at the Eddie the Eagle Soapbox launch night at The Forum on Friday 28th June for viewing. Two events – a family friendly viewing of the film Eddie the Eagle and a sportsman’s dinner style evening hosted by Eddie- have been arranged.

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